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GHSA News Release

June 12, 2009

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext.13
(202)669-9746, cell

Ford Driving Skills for Life Announces Partnership with NASCAR Rising Start Colin Braun

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Colin Braun, 20-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver has teamed up with Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) to promote the importance of safe driving to teens around the country.

Braun, now in his second year driving the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 for Roush Fenway Racing, knows the importance of safe driving on and off the track. As part of the yearlong partnership, Braun will participate in DSFL hands-on training events and various nationwide teen safe-driving initiatives.

“We are very proud to have Colin Braun join the Ford DSFL team,” said Jim Graham, Community Relations Manager of Ford Motor Company Fund. “His ability to relate to young drivers is invaluable. We are excited to have Colin Braun and Roush Fenway Racing support Ford Driving Skills for Life.”

Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Through DSFL, teens are able to improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in more than 60 percent of teen vehicle crashes: Hazard Recognition, Vehicle Handling, Space Management, and Speed Management.

"I am pleased to be a part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. Having grown up racing all my life, I learned early on there is a time and place for driving fast, but public roads are not it.” said Braun. “I think teenagers are more likely to listen to a message coming from someone closer to their own age, so I hope my involvement will make a difference teaching young drivers how to be safer on the road."

Throughout the year visitors to will have a chance to view Braun’s blog dedicated to safe driving tips, videos, photos and updates from his race season.

The national award winning DSFL program is collaborative effort between Ford Motor Company Fund – the automotive company's philanthropic arm – and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The program strives to lower the number of teen automobile crash fatalities and helps newly licensed drivers develop skills beyond what they learn in driver education programs. It is one of the most comprehensive teen driver safety programs in the nation.

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For more information about the Ford Driving Skills for Life program and upcoming hands-on training events, please visit or call 1-888-987-8765. To learn more about Colin Braun, please visit

Current teen driving laws are available at

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit